Prof. Kawai Gives a Lecture at a Plenary Session of the IAAP/IAJS Joint Conference in Frankfurt
Prof. Toshio Kawai gave a lecture at a plenary session of a joint conference held by the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS) in Frankfurt on August 2 – 5, 2018.
His lecture was entitled, “The Tension and Paradox between Determinate and Indeterminate States: Clinical, Social and Cultural Aspects”.
Contemporary society has seen greater freedom with regards to individuality and the diversity of choices that people have. However, there remains a tendency for people to seek instant and concrete results and more concrete (vs. abstract) psychotherapeutic approaches have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Jung proposed that the union of two opposites is important because it includes contradiction and is therefore dialectic. Our tendency to rely on things that are obvious and concrete does not have to be met with instant and concrete responses. Rather, it’s more important to have something clear emerge from a vague and uncertain state, for example as is seen in neuroscience’s emphasis on the significance of the default mode network.